“It was certainly disappointing last week but it’s great to get back to home comforts. It’s been a good home for us over the past three years and it was great to return here and score three goals on the way to the win.” Manager Ian Hughes stated post match, speaking with Club Media Assistant Matthew Wallace for Aberystwyth Town's Youtube Channel.
The Seasiders were boosted ahead of their maiden home match of the season by the news of the return of former striker Jamie Reed on a one month loan from Welsh Premier League champions TNS. The striker, who has since played for Bangor and York City in the Football league, took just eight minutes to register his first goal during his second stint with the club and doubled his tally with seven minutes to go until the break and the instant impact of the club’s new signing delighted the boss.
“Jamie’s been here before so I didn’t think it would take long to hit the ground running. He knows the people and he knows the people around the club. It was a great first goal and that’s Jamie all over. He scores different types of goals. The first was 25 yards out and the second equally as important goal was from 2 yards out. He’s played here in the past, gone away and done really well for himself. We’re thankful that he’s back.”
Following last week’s disappointing result away at Llandudno, Hughes spoke of his disappointment and frustration in the build up to the game and his side’s defensive work. But these early season jitters were cast aside this week with two terrific team goals and a resolute defensive performance that will be used as a marker for the rest of the campaign.
“Rhyl have scored a freekick but except for that, we’ve defended exceptionally well particularly at set pieces as Rhyl are a big, big team.. They’ve got big physical players. Levi Mackin, Greg Stones and Jamie Brewerton are all six foot plus and of course they’ve got Aaron Bowen. They’re a big, strong physical team but I thought our boys more than matched them tonight. I felt the Stuart Jones and Lee Surman at the back were excellent, putting their bodies on the line and defending our goal.”
“I said last week that the season had come a week too early for us and I feel that’s still the case. We were working on the Jamie Reed deal last week and if he’d have been on the field last week it could have been a different result. We’ve got good attacking players at the club and Jamie is a focal point for them. As well as that, Darren Thomas and Craig Williams did really well. It was great to see them back to their best putting in crosses, one of which we scored from. I felt that the third goal was excellent. We won the ball just outside our own 18-yard box and fiver or six seconds later, Luke Sherbon is the other end of the pitch scoring a great goal. It was a great attacking move and it just shows that we can play possession football and play on the counter as well.”
Watch the interview in full on Aberystwyth Town's Youtube Channel here.
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